Article Review: "How to Keep Your Manuscript Safe" by Peggy DeKay
Writer’s Digest produces books for writers and aspiring writers without end in sight. Often, they are compendiums of articles over a spectrum of a chosen topic with professional writers’ contributions. This is the format for the current book, Writer’s Digest Guide to Self-Publishing 2015 .
I’d like to offer a brief overview of each article and note on each author over the next several weeks then sum up the entire book.
The book is divided into three main subject areas: 1) Production 2) Management and 3) Promotion. Other sections include author interviews, listings (of professional services to the self-publishing author), resources such as conferences and book fairs, and an index.
The present article, “Keeping Your Manuscript Safe” is part of the “Management” section and deals electronic backup programs as a means of preserving manuscripts. Author DeKay introduces the subject with several real-life and fictional tales of authors back in day of typewritten manuscripts (remember those?) who lost their only copy through one form of mishap or another. Some, like James Michener, eventually recovered it. In most cases, though, the only copy of the author’s product or blood, sweat and tears was lost forever in a pond or a bar or fill-in-the-blank.
“So what is a writer to do to make sure his or her manuscript is safe from harm?” DeKay asks the reader. “I think the first thing is to seriously look at your body of work and make the determination: This is my livelihood. I have hours, week, months and years of my life invested in these documents. It is my responsibility to keep them safe.”
She then discusses the pros and cons of various fee-based and free back-up systems (Dropbox, Norton Ghost, Carbonite, etc.). She weighs usefulness, ease of use and cost. Does the system include items that authors might not need?
While the author obviously has her own favorites and it’s never a good idea to buy something based only one person’s advice, this article provides (IMHO) a good starting point when looking for back-up systems.
According the author blurb, Peggy DeKay is an author, blogger and book coach. Her book is called, Self-Publishing for Virgins . Boy, that cuts out a lot of people.
Title: “How to Keep You Manuscript Safe”
Author: Peggy DeKay
Writer’s Digest Guide to Self-Publishing 2015
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